GOP activist Rod Beck has 70 names on his petition to deny credentials to Ada County’s delegation to the Idaho Republican Party convention, which runs through Saturday. Among them: House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star; Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, and his wife Kara; House Majority Caucus Chairman John VanderWoude, R-Nampa, and his wife Judy; and Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, and his wife GayAnn; along with just-deposed former county Chairman Greg Ferch.
Beck said all are Ada County Republicans who had no opportunity to become delegates, and who believe the delegate selection process the county party central committee used violated Idaho GOP rules.
Asked if he was concerned that his home county, which is entitled to a sixth of the delegates at the GOP state convention in Moscow, could be left without representation there, Beck said, “Why would I have concern about that? The Ada County delegation was delegated by mob rule, as opposed to adherence to the rules of the party. The Ada County delegation, had they used the rules of the party, would have a different look to it.”
During the county central committee’s reorganization meeting May 29, new county party Chairman Fred Tilman put forth a list of delegates that was approved in a single vote; it includes a slew of supporters of GOP Gov. Butch Otter. In his petition, Beck writes, “The facts are undisputed that this rogue process denied individuals the opportunity to become delegates at the Idaho Republican State Convention. The rogue process ensured that only those on the secret list could be delegates.” He called for the Ada delegation to be excluded, “especially if we are to be a party of rules rather than a party of mob rule.”
The party’s credential committee starts meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Moscow; also at that time, the committees on resolutions, platforms and rules start meeting. Beck said he’s fighting a bid from Otter allies for “purification” of the party. You can read the full petition and exhibits here.